Lost in Time (The Sarah Jane Adventures)

Lost in Time is a two-part story of The Sarah Jane Adventures which was broadcast on CBBC on 8 and 9 November 2010.[1] It is the fifth story of the fourth series.

23 – Lost in Time
The Sarah Jane Adventures story
Directed byJoss Agnew
Written byRupert Laight
Script editorGary Russell
Produced byBrian Minchin
Phil Ford (co-producer)
Executive producer(s)Russell T Davies
Nikki Wilson
Music bySam Watts
Dan Watts
Production code4.9 and 4.10
SeriesSeries 4
Running time2 episodes, 25 minutes each
First broadcast8 November 2010 (2010-11-08)
Last broadcast9 November 2010 (2010-11-09)
← Preceded by
The Empty Planet
Followed by →
Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
List of serials



Sarah Jane, Clyde, and Rani are lured to a shop after where an alien has supposedly been sighted. The Shopkeeper forces the three of them to look for pieces of Chronosteen, a metal that can reshape destiny. They are transported in time to three different eras.

Rani arrives in the Tower of London in 1553 on the day the armies of future Queen Mary I arrive in London and are to usurp Lady Jane Grey. Lady Matilda plots to kill Jane with a Chronosteen dagger to make Jane a martyr for the Protestants to rise up against the Catholic Queen Mary. Rani stops Matilda, and promises Jane that she will not be forgotten by history.

Clyde arrives in a coastal village in Norfolk in 1941, where three Nazi Schutzstaffel soldiers arrive on the beach. Clyde and George, an evacuee boy, hide in the church, and see the Nazis have a Chronosteen hammer which they intend to use to block radar systems and start the invasion of Britain. Clyde distracts the Nazis with his mobile phone, claiming it is a bomb; George uses that moment to snatch the Chronosteen hammer. The pair repeatedly chime the bell to alert the townsfolk and Home Guard of the emergency.

Sarah Jane arrives in a haunted house in 1889. She meets a girl, Emily Morris, who is looking for the ghosts having recently lost her mother. At eight o'clock the "haunting" begins. They hear a woman talking and the children she is babysitting playing with fire. Sarah Jane soon determines that the "ghosts" are not from the past, however, but the future – where a fire will start and kill the children, and the Chronosteen is the key that locks the children inside in the future. Sarah Jane resets the clock to eight o'clock and they see the children in the locked room playing with a candle. Emily calls out to the children and they hear her; it is her fear from losing her mother that connects her with them. Emily uses this ability to turn the key in the lock and the children escape. Sarah Jane returns to the present, but Emily holds onto the key. She passes the key to her granddaughter, Angela Price, to help close the unstable time windows back in the shop on the day of the newspaper article about the alien sighting more than 100 years later.

Filming location


When Clyde is sent back into World War II, he ends up hiding with a boy on a beach behind some sand dunes. The filming location here was in Freshwater West, near Tenby, Wales.[citation needed]





Lost in Time was broadcast in the UK on CBBC on 8 and 9 of November 2010. Part one revived 980 thousand viewers. Part two received about three thousand less at 690 thousand viewers.[2]

Critical Reception


James Peaty of Den of Geek praised the decision to split the protagonists saying that it made the pacing feel more "natural". Peaty compared the plot to that of the 70s Doctor Who story, The Key to Time. Peaty noted that Clydes battle with the Nazis was reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark.[3]


  1. ^ "Press Office – Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 45 Monday 8 November 2010". BBC. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Sarah Jane Adventures – Series 4". TheDoctorWhoSite. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ Peaty, James (10 November 2010). "The Sarah Jane Adventures series 4 episodes 9 & 10 review: Lost In Time". Den of Geek. Retrieved 21 August 2023.